24th September – 4th October
Retreat leader: Geshe Graham Woodhouse
This course is open both to complete beginners to debate and to those who have already been studying this subject. Complete beginners will get all the help they need to get started and others will continue from where they have reached so far. We will follow a daily practice of the sutra form of Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga throughout the course.
Take the first steps in learning how to debate in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Debate is Tibetan Buddhism’s primary mode of philosophical enquiry and is the liveliest and most amusing way of approaching near to Buddhism’s timeless wisdom. It is not about making speeches but totally interactive! Using directed question and answer with traditional moves and gestures, challenger and defender each energize the other to overcome their own and the other’s ignorance. In this way they train to make sense of Buddha’s radical teachings on the world, the mind, impermanence and ultimate truth, using reasoning whilst having lots of fun.
To learn more about Tibetan Debate, follow the link below to a short introduction by Thubten Jinpa:
About Geshe Graham
Born in England in 1952, Graham Woodhouse received full ordination as a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan tradition from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1994. He studied for seventeen years at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala and received his geshe degree from Drepung Loseling Monastery in 2006.